Winchester City dent AFC Totton's title bid
Southern League Division One
Winchester City FC 3
AFC Totton 1
AFC Totton's title bid suffered a significant blow after local promotion rivals Winchester City battled back for a 3-1 victory.
Scoring his first league goal of the season after just 10 minutes, Ade Olumuyiwa got the Stags off to a flying start. However, the lead lasted just 60 seconds before Winchester pulled away to secure all three points.
The result moves Winchester up to fourth in the table, just two points below third-placed AFC Totton, who have played a match extra.
In a match befitting two sides in the top six of the division, the game started at a breakneck pace, with former AFC Totton players Rob Flooks and Patrick Nolan proving a handful – one forcing a decent save from Lewis Noice and the other hitting the post.
The visitors broke away at the other end with Hisham Kasimu seeing his 25-yard shot tipped over the bar. Jordan Ngalo then rattled the woodwork, with 24-year-old Olumuyiwa reacting quickest to tuck home the rebound.
The hosts hit back immediately from the restart, with Warren Bentley firing the ball past Noice to make it 1-1.
After 25 minutes, Sam Griffin almost restored the Stags' lead, but his effort flew narrowly over the bar.
City looked more likely to score, and they made their supremacy pay when Flooks converted from close range for a 2-1 lead after a goalmouth scramble in the area.
With five minutes of the first half left, Ollie Balmer beat the offside trap before racing through and extending Winchester's advantage.
Stags' manager Dan Sackman rang the changes at the start of the second half, with Jack Masterton coming into the midfield replacing Lewis Waterfield, with Callum Baughan dropping in at right-back.
AFC Totton looked to put Winchester under pressure, but City defended well as a unit and carried a threat in attack.
Jordan Ragguette and Brett Williams entered the fray and quickly impacted the match, with Ragguette curling a shot just wide of the post and Williams forcing a save from keeper Charlie Philpott.
Callum Baughan forced a further save, but the hosts held on for a deserved three points.
AFC Totton: L. Noice, L. Waterfield, B. Jefford, C. Baughan, H. Medway, A. Olumuyiwa, F. Read, J. Ngalo, H. Kasimu, S. Gwengwe, S. Griffin. Subs: J. Hoey, B. Williams, J. Ragguette, J. Masterton, P. Kpohomouh.